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iPhone/Apple Photos vs Google Photos
February 1, 2023
10:36 am
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Question from Jon B: Hey Chris..Happy New Year. Been asked this question – re iPhone, IOS photos, and Google Photos. Person says: I take lots of photos on my phone..many of them are terrible. I do NOT want these terrible photos going up to Google Photos. How do I stop this? I know if GP is not “running” on your phone it wont upload.but it coils be “running” from yesterday. The same person edits images on phone..she wants to dictate what goes “up” – solution?

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It sounds to me like this person is not using Google Photos as intended. The intent is to use Google Photos for all your photo tasks. Let it upload everything, then use the Google Photos trash tool to delete the ‘terrible’ photos. That will delete them from your phone (and therefore Apple photos) as well.

It sounds like this person is using Apple photos for his/her photo management and just wants Google Photos to back up the good photos that are left. The only way to do that is to

  • turn off the setting called Backup and keep it off (tap the account button in top right and choose Photos Settings, Backup, Turn off.)
  • Manually upload the photos you want
    • Select the photos with long press on the first one, then tap all subsequent photos
    • A list of choices has appeared at the bottom, you may need to scroll to the right to find “Back up”
    • Once you tap “Back up” the selected photos will be uploaded to whatever account is showing in the account button. So, just make sure it’s the right one.

Hope that helps.

February 1, 2023
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TY Chris – that is what I thought. She doesn’t know anything about GP yet – am just introducing it to her. I tried you solution – turned of Backup in GP setting. Took 3 pictures with camera….they are sitting in IOS Photo folder. You said “select some” (in IOS) photo app..did that – dont see a place to upload to GP. 

2nd question..is the 2021 edition of your book on GP the latest one? I went to tutorials on the member site but dont see ebooks….am looking to see how latest ebook has been updated. Thx

February 1, 2023
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No, you don’t go to Apple photos, you go to Google Photos – it will see the photos in the camera roll even when they’re not uploaded. Select them, in Google Photos, and then Back up.

As for the book, yes, the 2021 version is the latest. The ebook is the same as the published one. I am working on an update, but it won’t be ready until probably April or May. Meanwhile, you go to the companion web page – listed at the beginning of most every chapter – and each chapter is mentioned along with changes. A timeline of changes are listed here: https://geeksontour.com/gpupdates/  Those are the notes I am going by to update the book. 

February 1, 2023
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I’m an original student of Chris’s on Google Photos….am teaching it now to a class and have forgotten a few of the basics:

 

1. On my iphone…the images I see after  starting Google Photos – aren’t these thumbnails that are stored on my phone in the cache? 

 

2. When I click on a thumbnail, doesn’t the full image download from Google Photos (cloud) to my iphone…?

 

Thx in advance

 

JonB

February 2, 2023
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Jon,

1. On my iphone…the images I see after  starting Google Photos – aren’t these thumbnails that are stored on my phone in the cache? 

2. When I click on a thumbnail, doesn’t the full image download from Google Photos (cloud) to my iphone…?

It depends …

  • if the photos are not stored on that phone, (taken by another phone, or removed from phone’s storage) then yes, you’re seeing a thumbnail (stored in the cache) and, if you’re connected to the Internet, it will display a higher quality photo because it has access to the copy stored online, but it still doesn’t actually download the photo to your device.
  • if the photos are stored on that phone (taken by that phone and not removed) then Google Photos can use the original, if needed, to display greater detail.
  • there’s actually a lot of programming behind how and what to display when you tap on a photo. I don’t know all the details. Sometimes they have to take into account other apps working in the background, sometimes they have to adjust for available space, with iPhones it will matter if the iCloud setting for “Optimize phone storage” is turned on, etc. etc. It’s just not a simple answer

Hope that helps

February 2, 2023
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TY Chris – I don’t feel so bad about asking what I thought were GP 101 questions…apparently not. If anyone asks me about this, Ill just reply “it’s complicated!’

 

Best to you..jonB

February 3, 2023
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LOL – true enough – “It’s complicated”

But, I do think that there are 2 related things to understand that are clear:

  1.  When you open the Google Photos app and see some photos, those are not necessarily “in” Google Photos. It is a viewer for photos in your camera roll as well. My biggest fear for new users is that they see the photos in Google Photos, so they go back to their native photo app (Apple photos or Samsung Gallery) and delete them. They may have just deleted their only copy!
  2. When Google Photos uploads your camera’s photos to the cloud, it does not remove them from the device. That’s why it’s called a backup. You have the copy on the device and the copy in the cloud. If you want it removed from the device, Google Photos has a command for that – for one photo, swipe up and “Delete from Device” OR to remove all photos from device, tap the account button then tap where it reads “9999 items to delete from this device”

Have fun teaching.

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